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Dave Culgan
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  • West Grove, PA
  • United States
  • 40 years
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Sep 2, 2017
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The Bonnie Blue Flag

Played stroke style on a repro Boucher banjo (Terry Bell kit ) with gut strings. I worked this tune up when I was visiting Charleston a few weeks ago and it ...
Jul 16, 2017
Dave Culgan replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"Jenny Lind Polka - Flutina Here's a video of what one of these circa 1850's flutina accordeons looked and sounded like (actually Flutina is a misnomer, that term referred to an enclosed version of these early brass reed accordeons. Dave"
Jul 16, 2017
Dave Culgan is attending Mark Weems's event

Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017 at Appomattox Courthouse National HIstoric Park

September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017
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May 17, 2017
Dave Culgan commented on Paul Draper's photo

Antikamnia T shirt

"Glad you liked the shirt Paul and thanks for posting a pic. If anyone else would like one of these there are some sizes available from stock, and we will be doing another printing of the larger sizes that have sold out.…"
Nov 1, 2016
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Minstrel Banjo t-shirt for sale

"Yes, the image came from the 1901 calendar. The shirts that were printed are tan color, not the grey shown on the mockup (trying to get my son to change that). He has a better eye for fashion than me and said that color would be best. By the way…"
Oct 22, 2016
Champion of North Huron commented on Dave Culgan's photo

Minstrel Banjo t-shirt for sale

"That image and many other similar whimsical skeleton images were used on the calendars of the Antikamnia Chemical Company between 1897 and 1901. Here's a little…"
Oct 22, 2016
Strumelia commented on Dave Culgan's photo

Minstrel Banjo t-shirt for sale

"Very cool Dave!  Can you tell us if the shirt pictured is white or cream or tan?- a little hard to tell.  Also can you let us know something about where the image is from?"
Oct 22, 2016

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40 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
5 strings

Hi, its Dave Culgan of West Grove, PA with the Camptown Shakers!
Might as well have some fun. dculgan@gmail.com

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Report on band performance at Battle of Aiken, SC, Civil War reenactment.

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:06am 1 Comment

Lisa "Strumelia" had requested that I report back on how the weekend event at the Battle Of Aiken in South Carolina went. My band, the Camptown Shakers, traveled down on Friday, three of us in one car and we met our fiddler there, he was already in the area on a little vacation. My wife Tracy drove pretty much the whole way, a long 10 hour drive. We hadn’t ever traveled this far south, or anywhere for that matter to do a performance so when this opportunity came up through the event…


Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 5:07pm on January 18, 2009, Tim Twiss said…
Hey Dave (I mean Dan) ...welcome aboard. It's a pretty fun site.
At 3:04pm on January 21, 2009, John Masciale said…
Hi Dave, Welcome to this site!
At 9:15pm on January 18, 2010, Len Entrabartolo said…
Hey Dave! Found you all on MySpace the other day. Good to see you are all back playing again. First CD is on the way. Hope to catch up with you soon.
At 4:06pm on March 7, 2010, Joe Bianchini said…
I have been the following the conversation concerning Banjos & Accordions, I notice that you mentioned an accordion shop in Philly. I was wondering if you might provide me with their name, address or web address. I have a period Flutina that needs work and I've looking for someone that can work on them. I would appreciate any info you could provide. Thanks
At 3:49pm on November 14, 2011, Roberta Perkins said…

Hello, Dave: Good to hear from you. I had tried to catch up with you; I think it was about a tune but I don't know which one it was now....Oh, no; now I remember. It was "Waterbound" the one your group played for Ft Delaware's movie. Thanks for making contact...

At 10:20am on March 1, 2012, Paul Draper said…

Hi Ol' Dan Tucker -- First, I don't how many miles I've pedaled thru upstate NY listening to you guys on my iPod, but it's hundreds... Thanks for that!!! Second, I was wondering if you could tell me the provenance of "Waterbound" as there are other tunes of the same name in the Old Time canon...  Thanks very much -- Paul.

At 12:55pm on March 1, 2012, Dave Culgan said…

Hi Paul, just saw your note. So Waterbound is a parody song (what I use to describe alternate ltyrics to well-known songs). There's an old-time fiddle tune "Waterbound" which sometimes is performed with lyrics like "Chickens crowing in an old plowed field" and the chorus of "waterbound I can't get home down in North Caroliona". The band was spending a lot of time at Ft. Delaware, located on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River. I started thinking about the whole prisoner experience and put the lyrics together. So I guess the answer to the question you are asking is that the provenance is about 1995 or so. The line about the barber chair and dance on air referred to the actual situation where a skilled prisoner would offer hair-cuts for prisoners or guards. Glad you like our sound! Thanks. Dave

At 1:03pm on March 1, 2012, Paul Draper said…

Thanks for the info.  Great lyrics!

At 1:34pm on March 1, 2012, Matthew Mickletz said…

Ol'Dan Tucker - saw the mention of "Waterbound" and a smile begat my face!  I worked at Ft. DE for several seasons.  Since it's the song of the intro video at the Fort it become the tune everyone who worked there could both remember fondly and empathize with!  Like Paul, have had many miles with you n the boys on my stereo.  Thanks!

At 8:00am on May 22, 2012, Andy Gelfert said…

Hi Dave, and thanks for the invitation. I believe that I can learn much from you all here. Thanks for having me.

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